During the first lockdown last year, Droitwich Rugby Club partnered with Droitwich CVS -Transport, Community Education, Volunteer Service to deliver a food supply and support scheme for the entire local Wychavon Community. The scheme provided 16,000 meals with help or support, via food parcels or wellbeing packs.
Over 90 people tirelessly gave up their time to ensure that Droitwich and the surrounding areas were covered and that people in the local area received the help and support many so badly needed.
Droitwich CVS took calls and requests from those in need whilst Droitwich RFC converted the clubhouse to allow them to purchase, source, package, and distribute the Food Parcels to the local community.
A food parcel was developed that would cover the basic needs using dried and tinned products, adding in other donated goods when received. As word spread about the scheme and the numbers kept increasing, the contents were changed to include enough ingredients for 5 meals for 5 days. One of the volunteers designed recipes to match the contents of the food parcels, giving people ideas on what meals they could make.
The scheme has progressed to coincide with the lockdown reopening measures and continues to grow. During the very first lockdown re-opening, the club started distributing free breakfast sandwiches to all areas of the community.
As shielding for the communities most vulnerable started to end, the people were invited to the Rugby Club for a sit down socially distanced breakfast. The aim of the initiative was to get the shielding groups back out into communities but in a safe and staggered manner. This gave the shielding community not only a first visit out of the house for many months, but also an opportunity to discuss their experiences with other individuals who had been through the exact same circumstances.
Brigadier Roger Brunt, Worcestershire’s Vice Lord-Lieutenant, said;
All the volunteers at the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground were thrilled to see HRH and warmly welcomed her interest and encouragement of their fantastic efforts for their community over the past 12 months.
Craig Browne – Droitwich RFC said;
It was a great privilege to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground on Monday. We really enjoyed re-visiting the excellent work of all our Volunteers, at a time when the local community was most in need. The Princess heard about all of the detail around the successful ongoing partnership with Droitwich CVS & how the two organisations adapted to offer valuable services within the community. To think just a year ago, the clubhouse was filled with Hundreds of Long Life products has really hit home everyone's fantastic achievements.
Tonia Enderbury – Droitwich CVS, said;
It was a huge honour and privilege to meet HRH and for our partnership to be recognised. With a small team we have been able to support thousands of residents, not just with food parcels, but prescription deliveries, transport to medical appointments, and well-being bags. It has been wonderful to see how the community has come together and we are proud to be at the centre of this.
During this lockdown period, we are offering to deliver prescriptions for people who have received a letter from the Department of Health and Social Care identifying them as clinically extremely vulnerable (cev) and other vulnerable people. There is a charge to collect and deliver prescriptions of £4.00 to Droitwich central and £6.00 to out of town.
Community transport is still operational during this lockdown (subject to volunteer driver availability). Our vehicles have been fitted with plexiglass separating drivers and passengers for added protection and are sanitised between each journey. You can book transport for hospital, doctors and other medical appointments. You can also book transport for your Covid-19 Vaccine at weekends too.
The Community Hub is still closed due to Covid restrictions but the staff are here from Monday to Fridays 9.00 am – 4.00 pm.
As a local charity, we are doing everything we can to help the most vulnerable in our communities. During COVID-19 our amazing staff and volunteer team have stepped up and worked tirelessly to support those in need.
We have delivered over 3,200 prescriptions to date, given out food parcels to over 800 families, kept in phone contact with isolated people, assisted with emergency errands, set up a dog walking service and provided practical support and advice.
An interview with our Chief Officer Tonia Enderbury.